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398 Ratings

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Directed by Otto Preminger
United States, 1950
Crime, Drama, Film noir


Mark Dixon don’t take no guff. Get in his face, cross him, and things happen, bad things. Trouble is he’s a cop, a tough cop who’s lost his balance. He’s got no room for ambiguity. It’s either right or wrong. Then he crosses the line: rousting a suspect.

Where the Sidewalk Ends Directed by Otto Preminger

Critics reviews

Where the Sidewalk Ends is a crackling thriller/procedural, abounding in screenwriter Ben Hecht’s characteristically punchy dialogue and Preminger’s viscerally, velvety, elegantly intricate long takes… Underneath the swift plotting, then, is a haunting examination of alienation and panic. Preminger and Hecht suggest that every single story—in life, in fiction—is composed of dozens of others, which are often as unresolved as the case files littering the cluttered desks of a police precinct.
March 27, 2016
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A beautiful system of obsessions and ambiguities, a Ben Hecht blueprint electrified by some of Preminger’s most penetrating camerawork, triangular set-ups that modulate from medium shots to close-ups and back in lengthy takes. Not a nightmare (Lang’s The Woman in the Window) but a purgation, the tormented cop who exorcizes his crooked father’s shadow by riding the gangland elevator, busting his spiritual brother and admitting his culpability under his sweetheart’s gaze.
November 23, 2015
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